Babies are born by vaginal birth or by a surgical procedure called a C-section. If you have a C-section, your baby will be delivered through a surgical cut in your belly.
Sometimes, you may have medical problems during your pregnancy that make a C-section the best and safest option. Still, a C-section is major surgery that should only be performed when medically necessary.
Mothers who have a C-section are more likely to have complications like bleeding, infections and damage to reproductive organs. These complications increase with each C-section you have. Babies born via C-section are more likely to have breathing problems, asthma and be admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Birth reviews the benefits and risks of both a C-section and a vaginal birth.